Gentle Men

By Alan Blum, M.D.
Gordo, Alabama: Firebrand Press, 2011. Edition of 75.

5.5 x 8"; 32 pages. Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on Domestic Etch paper. Typefaces: Optima and Baskerville. Perfect bound with cloth over boards.

Dr. Mary Winkler, Literature and Medicine, Volume 11, Number 2, Fall 1992: "Alan Blum's sketches are one medical practitioner's response to the fragmentation and disintegration of a long tradition of observation. Through his sketches, with their scraps of dialogue, Blum has reconciled two kinds of knowledge that have long been separated: the powerful and objective knowledge made possible by imaging technology, and the artist's knowledge of a person as individual and whole."

Blum's handwritten notes accompany his line drawings. From the first story (I was going to ask you was I able for sex?) to the last line (Doctor told me I needed an autopsy, but I said I wanted to wait), we see the fragility and frailty of life.